The Office of Career Design supports your development as a professional artist or designer during your time at PNCA and throughout your career
We empower you to take risks and pursue professional experiences that will enrich your working life and creative practice. It's our goal that you will leave PNCA as a capable, self-reliant, professional with professional experience in the form of internships. Along the way, you'll have access to resources that include workshops, information sessions, one-to-one career advising, networking opportunities, and a strong alumni network to support your professional development.
To connect you with other artists, designers, makers, and business owners, the Office of Career Design works with community partners who open their doors to PNCA students and alumni for learning experiences including informational interviews and behind the scenes tours. Many also come to campus to meet and learn about the talent PNCA students have to offer. Our robust internship program helps you to gain real world experience as well as exposing you to some of the most influential movers and shakers in Portland and beyond.
Workshops, Tours, and Events
We offer workshops on topics such as crafting a résumé or CV, interview skills, grant-writing, developing a portfolio, and building your own network of professionals and peers. Additionally, we encourage and help you to perfect your entrepreneurial skills and offer intensives on topics such as taxes for artists, contracts and copyright, marketing yourself and your work, and accounting for artists. Some of our recent workshops and events have included:
- Taxes for Creatives
- Producing Extraordinary Events
- Social Media for Artists
- Modernist Financial: Plan Your Life, Manage Your Cash
- Want to be an Art Therapist?
- Grant Writing Workshop
- Form3D Foundry Tour
- Kickstarter 101
- Portrait Session
- Schoolhouse Electric Supply Tour
- Public Art Commissions
- Protect Your Art, and Yourself
- Founding and Funding your Artists' Collective
We’ll also help connect you with opportunities through our exclusive online employment jobs board, Handshake. Here you’ll find continually updated postings for full- and part-time work, contract gigs, collaborations, and work-study jobs on the PNCA campus.Visit Handshake
The Office of Career Design News
From PNCA to the Peace Corps
Sarah Saaristo, PNCA BFA Printmaking 2019 has been invited to serve as a Second Education English Teacher in Myanmar, departing January 18, 2020.
Fire in the mountains-a 20 acre forest art studio and retreat located in the coast range
Joe Robinson, PNCA OC+D 2019 has reinvigorated East Creek, his family's property, to share his love of anagama wood fired ceramics
Career News: From Wuhan Hubei to Blue Sky
MFA in Visual Studies graduate, Yuyang Zhang, lands role as Exhibitions Intern at Blue Sky Gallery
Schedule an appointment on Handshake
Stop by for a visit
Our office welcomes visitors during campus tours or for private consultations. For more information and to plan your visit, please contact the Office of Career Design by phone or email. Our offices are open M-F, 9am-5pm PST.
Director of the Office of Career Design Career Services
Career Advisor, Art, Media and Communication